I'd like to start by sharing the greatest music video ever made:
"I get up, and nothing gets me down."
#UDQM (or very likely #IDQM) aside, this is kinda how I feel. I'm excited for the draft, but for the first time in forever I don't really have a strong opinion about who the Jazz should pick.
Somehow it feels like we've made it past the darkest of the dark days, my friends. And now it's time to just enjoy the ride.
Since we're less than 24 hours from the Draft, of course, there's lots of words being written everywhere on the interweb. Including a rumor about Jazz considering trading Favors to move up. Now don't get mad, because this rumor is based on:
- David Locke saying he thinks the Jazz will try to use all their gajillion future picks to move up
- There was that rumor about Favors on the block during last year's draft, so let's bring it up again just cuz
- Paul Millsap apparently wants to leave his 60-win ECF team to come back to the Jazz
I don't know. I do think the Jazz have collected picks so they can make trades and get the guy they want, not because they want 6 rookies every year. But this has a lot more speculation than chatter to it.
Across the NBA the trades have already begun: including Portland trading Batum for Henderson and Vonleh. And now this 1/2 finished Woj Bomb:
I'm thinking tomorrow will be more wild than usual, so get your popcorn ready and know that DL's gonna be working the phones almost like Cyndi Lauper and her 80's girl friends.
In honor of the draft, Sporting News posted a slideshow of every team's biggest draft regret. Some of obvious (you probably all have a guess about what Portland's is), but others are more surprising. I'm not going to tell you who they say the Jazz's is, but I will say I'm not sure I agree. It's certainly one that I haven't spent a lot of time worrying and fretting about.
After all the mock drafts, all the big boards, all the speculation, the Draft Express videos, etc., etc., etc., I really only want one thing: that our pick turns out to be a guy who helps the team. I want us all to just get together, despite all our differences, and be able to celebrate together. Of course I'll do extra celebrating if the Jazz move up for someone cool, or if it's Myles Turner. But really, I can be okay with almost everyone. Even the Tank.
As many of you know, I'm also a baseball fan. And one of my favorite bits of baseball trivia are always wacky trades: such as the time the Mets traded Harry Chiti for a "player to be named later" ... and that player turned out to be Harry Chiti being sent back. Or when the Minor League Calgary Vipers traded John Odom for ten maple bats. Or when Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was traded for dinner.
This has got me thinking what I wish the Jazz could draft besides players. So imagine Adam Silver coming to the podium and announcing: "With the 12th pick of the 2015 NBA draft, the Utah Jazz select ... "
- To rename their home arena the Delta Center
- The Note becomes their primary logo, despite the NBA's official logo rules
- New upholstered and cushioned chairs throughout the entire Delta Center
- Crown Burger concession stands
- A healthy tan for Gordon Hayward
- Jimbo Rudding as their new director of half-time shows
- Randy Rigby re-enacting classic 80's videos as he shows up, uninvited, to P3 this summer to admire the players' bodies